Wade Allison impresses in first weekend back from injury; Shouldn’t be far away from Flyers call-up
Wade Allison is already sort of a fan favorite in Flyers land. A 2016th pick (52nd overall) in the NHL draft, Allison’s game is physical, fast, and already possesses an NHL caliber shot. He quickly inserted life into a pretty boring team last season, scoring 4G-3A-7P in 14 games, but remained key name heading into this year to take another step forward in his development.
Unfortunately, on September 19th, in one of the pointless rookie games the Flyers participated in, Allison suffered a high ankle sprain that thankfully didn’t need surgery. Instead, Allison rehabbed the injury, and re-entered the line up with the Phantoms on Saturday vs the Cleveland Monsters.
Wade Allison Game One
First of all, just seeing Allison back on the ice again is extremely refreshing. He brings a ton of energy to the lineup that every team needs. He recorded five shots on goal in his return, and picked up a nice secondary assist on a Gerry Mayhew goal.
Let me tell you, it was nice seeing the two youngsters in Cam York and Wade Allison connect for some points. Allison is obviously coming off that ankle injury, but York is finally back after a tough battle with COVID. Really cool seeing these two key parts of the organization back on the ice again.
In his 1st game back in a while, Allison was extremely impressive. Yeah, he had some instances where you could see the rust but honestly there wasn’t much. Five shots on goal, with a nice secondary assist is a great way of jumping back into things.
Wade Allison Game Two
Allison didn’t secure a point in Sunday’s afternoon game against the Hartford Wold Pack, but for the second game in a row, he had five shots on goal. Allison was absolutely everywhere this afternoon, creating dangerous scoring chances, using that NHL shot, and chipping pucks along the defensive boards to create a smooth transition going the other way.
You could make an argument that today’s game was more impressive than last night’s game for Allison, even though he didn’t record a point today. He had 3-4 quality changes in the game and honestly, it’s a shame he wasn’t able to pot any of them.
It won’t show up on the stat sheet tonight, but Allison did score in the shootout to help the Phantoms secure a much needed 4-3 win.
Allison was sent down to the Phantoms by the Flyers front office to get his timing and skating legs back underneath him. Getting your offensive touch and conditioning back down with the Phantoms isn’t such a bad thing, just ask Morgan Frost.
Allison has looked really good through two games, but we’re probably going to see him in about five to six AHL games before the Flyers think about calling him up. Nonetheless, it’s nice seeing him back out there and close to potentially being back up with the Flyers.
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